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The Importance of Being Uncomfortable

The actor, Ashton Kutcher, once said, “I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” This sentiment particularly resonates with me. I tend to strive on having everything exactly the way I want it. I’m very particular. I function best with […]

Nourished Roots with Haley and Paddy at the farmer's market

Shout-Out to the Farmers!

One of the wonderful initiatives in my Toronto community is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. From May to October, a good chunk of our vegetables come from Haley and Paddy and their Nourished Roots organic farm. Their stand at the market is brimming with the most colourful, nutritious, and yummy produce you can get. They’ve […]

Summer 2021

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Summer

1. Scoring. I just blinked and have realized that many of my compositions for acoustic instruments need their score (aka sheet music) to be updated. In the past, I have had a love-hate relationship in prepping the score and parts for my compositions. But I’m feeling excited about getting these revisions done. I’m proud of […]

Last Teaching Weekend Before Summer

The Joy of Teaching

Today is my final day teaching piano for this school year. That feels more poignant than past years as I have spent most of 20-21 only being able to see my students online. We all survived thanks to technology. But, also thanks to our collective enjoyment of music. I can’t remember a past time where […]

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Coming Together on Spotify

One of my favourite daily rituals is listening to music. These days, I’m using Spotify as my main source to listen and discover new music. I recently went out of my way to see how many of my own personal connections and music colleagues have their music on Spotify. I was surprised to see many […]

Good Friday Isolation

Today’s Outlook

I look out the window and everything is quiet. Toronto remains in lockdown but it’s also a holiday…Good Friday. It’s also 1 week before the new album comes out. Something that started as a reaction to the pandemic and it’s become one of my most special musical and life experiences. Normally, such an experience would […]

What Goes Around Film Fest

What Goes Around Film Fest

When my album of minimalist / loop-oriented music, What Goes Around, came out in October 2019, on the Centrediscs label, I had a vision that it would be a wonderful experience to have filmmakers and video artists interpret the “loopy” nature of the music through moving visuals. So I commissioned 6 Canadian artists to do […]

Last 5 Books

Last 5 Books I’ve Read

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason It’s basically a self-help book on managing your personal finances but the messaging is told through a variety of short parables set in ancient Babylon. The book was written in the 1920s so its tone seems a bit not up to par for what would be […]

Am I Good Enough? (photo by Hello I'm Nik 🎞 on Unsplash)

I Am (Not Good) Enough

When I’m feeling depressed, the words “I Am Not Good Enough” can easily roll through my mind. As a musician and composer, it’s easy to feel that way when someone says no to you or you get a rejection letter. What’s interesting about the phrase, “I Am Not Good Enough”, is that if you remove […]

Happy

How to be Happy in a Troubled World

It’s been a month since I released my latest album, Happiness in a Troubled World. And while I have been appreciative of the positive and heartfelt feedback the album has received, having it “out there” has gotten me to think more deeply about specific practical things I’m doing to stay happy in these troubling times. […]

Happiness in a Troubled World album by Frank Horvat

Me and The Dalai Lama

Lately, I have been reading and re-reading The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. I have never had the opportunity to meet his Holiness but after reading this book and him sharing his wisdom on life, I feel like I have. If you’ve […]

Music for Self-Isolation album recording at Roy Thomson Hall

Preparations Behind Something Big

My wife/manager, Lisa, and I have had a pretty constant routine these past bunch of years as we roll through different creative music projects. And we’ve been very lucky to have worked on a number of large projects in that time. But this latest one seems extra special! From January 11-13, 2021, we will be […]

We like you (Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash)

Finding Our Common Humanity

I’m currently reading the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. In Chapter 14, The Dalai Lama says… “If we appreciate our social nature and the need to work cooperatively with each other, naturally we will pay attention to others’ welfare. This […]

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Hopes and Dreams for 2021

Happy New Year! Here are my hopes and dreams for this coming year… Despite the threat of COVID, the flu or any other disease, everyone will get a chance to make themselves as healthy as possible so their body can fight off any pesky intruders that come their way. Everyone get’s a chance to feel […]